The course is broad, covering topics from architecture level (homodyne, low-IF, heterodyne), via building block level (LNA:s, mixers, oscillators, power amplifiers), to component and layout level. When it comes to components, inductors and transformers can be realized on-chip, which is not possible at lower frequencies. The emphasis of the course is the building blocks and their realization in CMOS technology. Pros and cons of different circuits topologies are treated. It is an ambition to include also the latest circuit topologies from the research. Methods to choose component parameters to meet a certain specification, as well as methods to analyze given designs are central.
Modern CAD-tools for RF IC design is another key area, where the laboratory part of the course is important. During the laboratory work the participants will learn to simulate radio building blocks like amplifiers, mixers and oscillators using a modern circuit simulator especially developed for the purpose.
At the end of the course there is a guest lecture, where the lecturer tells about his work at an industrial RF IC design department.